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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Activate Free SSL Certificate for Your Website

Anyone who wants to increase performance and security of your web page, I suggest to have Cloudflare setup in your DNS system. I have posted few articles to install paid SSL certificate for your web page, all which needs your complete support to maintain. But, Cloudflare provides free SSL certificates with a limited access (which is enough for any website) and it takes care most of the support that your web page needs. Most importantly, nowadays Google is providing better preferences for the web pages which has HTTPs as the protocol and more chances for your web page to appear on Google search.

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Cloudflare protects from DDoS attacks and other threats to protect your bandwidth and server resources being wasted. It allows your web page visitors to have the fastest page loading by which it also improves the performance level. it provides many other services if you want make best performance and attack free website. Below are the steps to configure SSL certificate of Cloudflare.


Step 1
Go to cloudflare.com and create a free plan account.
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Step 2
Add your website in cloudflare, this will scan your website name servers and suggest you new name servers in following way.
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Step 3
Now go to your domain provider eg: Godaddy and modify domain name server address with new names.

Note: Take a copy of your domain record settings eg: CNAME, TXT, MX etc.

Step 4
Once Step 3 finished, cloudflare will active your website. And you will find following menu options.
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Step 5
Click on the DNS and add your CNAME records settings. Sometimes cloudflare will automatically access your old records.
Activate Free SSL Certificate for Your Website

Step 6
Go to Crypto and activate your free SSL(https). Choose Flexible option for SSL.
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Step 7
Same page scroll down and enable automatic HTTPs rewrites option.
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Step 8
If you are a Wordpress user, go to Page Rules and add following page rules. This will help to redirect existing Wordpress pages to HTTPs
Activate Free SSL Certificate for Your Website

Step 9
Menu Overview option will provide you all of the website analytics.
Activate Free SSL Certificate for Your Website

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Step 10
Add your website in Google Webmaster Tools for Google search indexing.


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16 comments:

  1. Don't forget to change all resources in your code to https as well (images, javascript, banners, etc) to prevent a warning message in browsers

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  2. can you explain the same thing for bluehost hosting provider

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    1. Nothing much with Bluehost, go to manage domain settings and modify your website nameserver

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  3. Hello Srinivas, I tried all but I had this issue:

    error Certificate verification failed!
    The system did not find the Certificate Authority Bundle that matches this certificate.
    Contact “CloudFlare, Inc.” to obtain the Certificate Authority Bundle for “”.

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  4. What about virtual host setup, do we need to change anything on server like virtual host file on apache?

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  5. hello SRINIVAS TAMADA,
    can i add https by using my existing hosting to use your process ?

    Thankyou.

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  6. Hi Srinias.

    I tried it but I'm getting an error. This site cannot provide secure connection.

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  7. i have installed at 101newsupdate.com but its showing https in gray color. how can i do it in green?

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    1. Replace http urls to https eg: js, css and image urls

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    2. i think i got this one meet my question as well. thanks i will try to change it.

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  8. HI sir, Updated perfectly in cloudflare and godaddy as mentioned in your post, but not refelecting in my magento site.

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  9. Thank You for posting amazing tutorials. However i wanted to know how can i disable caching in cloudflare but still keep ssl certificate active. I have wp rocket installed as cache plugin on my wordpress site.

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